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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says there was broad bipartisan support for a bill she co-authored, that will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to require outside investigation of police-involved shootings that result in a death. (Photo from Rep. Taylor's office)

MADISON, Wis. - When there's a death involving the actions of a law-enforcement officer in Wisconsin, the officer's own agency investigates the incident. However, both houses of the state Legislature have just passed a bill that requires outside investigators to run the probes. Rep. Chris Taylor, D

PHOTO: A document dump in an ongoing John Doe investigation sheds more light on what some are calling a secret e-mail system used during Walker's campaign for governor in 2010. (Official photo from the Governor's office)

MADISON, Wis. – Thousands of pages of documents relating to a secret John Doe investigation, which many say is centered on Gov. Scott Walker's first election campaign in 2010, were ordered released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. The investigation has already resulted in the con

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) believes the worst thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it's illegal. She has introduced legislation to change that. Photo courtesy Rep. Sargent's office.

MADISON, Wis. - Since she introduced legislation to legalize marijuana possession and use late last month, state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, says her phone has been ringing constantly. "The majority of the calls that we have been receiving in my office since the introduction of this bill are n

GRAPHIC: This image of a fly represents the Wisconsin Department of Justice program called

MADISON, Wis. – New statistics show another spike in heroin use in Wisconsin. And Jim Engels, special agent in charge of the Madison office of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, has seen the drug’s devastating effects. He says it has spread like wildfire across the state in the past

The Wisconsin State Patrol advises New Year's Eve motorists to use common sense and take advantage of free rides home offered by many bars and restaurants. (Photo of State Patrol patch courtesy of WI Dept. of Transportation)

DeFOREST, Wis. - New Year's Eve is a big night for partying, and a lot of people will be on the roads. Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Greg Jenswold said it has been said many times before, but it's still true: Do not get behind the wheel if you've had too much to drink. "Think about utilizing those de

PHOTO: Juvenile justice expert Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says 17-year-olds don't belong in the adult justice system. Photo used with permission.

MADISON, Wis. - In 1995, Wisconsin lawmakers decided 17-year-olds should automatically be treated as adults and tried for criminal offenses in adult court. But, 18 years later, the Second Chance Bill is moving forward, a measure that puts first-time nonviolent 17-year-olds in juvenile court instead.

Milwaukee attorney Jeff Pitman says Wisconsin's proposed version of the

MILWAUKEE – Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming around 300,000 lives each year. Milwaukee attorney Jeff Pitman says a bill in the Legislature commonly called the "I'm Sorry" bill is another blow to patients' rights in Wisconsin, which he says have been e

PHOTO: Attorney Ann Jacobs says a new state law about who's responsible for road maintenance in Wisconsin puts travelers at risk.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Since 1849, Wisconsin counties and cities have had a legal duty to maintain roads in a reasonably safe condition. However, a law passed in 2012 did away with that responsibility. Milwaukee attorney Ann Jacobs testified against the bill that changed the 1849 law. Supporters of the

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